Cuba Gooding, Jr.


Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Cuba Gooding, Jr. in April 2009
Born Cuba M. Gooding, Jr.
January 2, 1968 (1968-01-02) (age 43)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present
Spouse Sara Kapfer (1994–present; 3 children)

Cuba M. Gooding, Jr. (born January 2, 1968) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of Rod Tidwell in Cameron Crowe's 1996 film Jerry Maguire, and his critically acclaimed performance as Tré Styles in John Singleton's 1991 film Boyz n the Hood.

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Early life

Gooding was born in New York City, the son of Shirley Temple (née Sullivan), a singer with the Sweethearts, and Cuba Gooding, Sr., a lead vocalist of soul group The Main Ingredient.[1][2] He has two brothers, musician Tommy Gooding and fellow actor Omar Gooding, and a sister, April Gooding. His paternal grandfather was a native of Barbados.[2] His family moved to Los Angeles after Gooding, Sr.'s music group had a hit single with "Everybody Plays the Fool" in 1972; the elder Gooding abandoned his family two years later. During his appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Gooding revealed that after his father had left, his family lived in hotels throughout Los Angeles. Gooding was raised by his mother and attended four different high schools: North Hollywood High School, Tustin High School, Apple Valley High School, and John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills in Los Angeles. He served as class president in three of them.[3] He became a born-again Christian at age 13.[4]

Career

His first job as a professional entertainer was as a breakdancer performing with singer Lionel Richie at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.[1] After high school, Gooding studied Japanese martial arts for three years, before turning his focus toward acting. Early on, he landed guest starring roles on shows like Hill Street Blues (1981), Amen (1988) and MacGyver (1988, 1989 and 1990).[citation needed] His first major role was in the John Singleton's box office surprise and critical hit Boyz n the Hood (1991). He followed this success with roles in major films like A Few Good Men (1992), Lightning Jack (1994), Outbreak (1995), Men of Honor (2000), Rat Race (2001), and The Fighting Temptations (2003) in which he co-starred alongside Beyoncé Knowles who portrays his love interest. That particular film also marked his first (and to date, only) appearance in a musical film.

In 1996, he was cast as an arrogant football player on the brink of a career-ending injury in Cameron Crowe's Jerry Maguire (1996). The film was a success and earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. His "Show Me the Money" line in the film became a nationwide catch phrase.[5] In 1997, he had a notable supporting role in As Good as It Gets (1997). The next several years, his films were inconsistently successful. He has also appeared in a series of films which were not as critically or commercially successful, such as Boat Trip (2002), Norbit (2007), and Daddy Day Camp (2007), all of which had received extremely negative reviews and, with the exception of Norbit, performed poorly at the box office. Gooding also starred in a film titled A Murder of Crows, which he co-produced with his long time friend and business partner Derek Broes. The film was Gooding's first attempt at producing.

Since then, he has had a series of starring roles in grittier films released direct-to-DVD such as the revenge dramas Hero Wanted and Wrong Turn at Tahoe, as well as the science fiction action film Hardwired and the action comedy Lies & Illusions. A well-received performance as Ben Carson in Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009) and a small supporting role in Ridley Scott's American Gangster (2007) both proved to be exceptions to this trend. An appearance in the World War II film, Red Tails, produced by George Lucas and with other prominent actors such as Terrence Howard, will mark his only return to the big screen since American Gangster.

He appeared on Channel 4's Chris Moyles' Quiz Night on 5 August 2011; closing the show dueting Bad Romance with Lulu.

In 2002, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[6]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Coming to America Barber Shop Customer
1989 Sing Stanley
1991 Boyz n the Hood Tré Styles
1992 Gladiator Abraham Lincoln Haines
A Few Good Men Cpl. Carl Hammaker
1993 Daybreak Torch (Stephen Tolkin)
Judgment Night Mike Peterson
1994 Lightning Jack Ben Doyle
1995 Outbreak Maj. Salt Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
The Tuskegee Airmen Billy Roberts Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Losing Isaiah Eddie Hughes
1996 Jerry Maguire Rod Tidwell Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Comedy/Romance
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture
1997 As Good as It Gets Frank Sachs Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Do Me a Favor Liquor Store Clerk
1998 What Dreams May Come Albert Lewis Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Drama/Romance
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1999 Instinct Theo Caulder
A Murder of Crows Lawson Russel Produced by Derek Broes
Chill Factor Arlo
2000 Men of Honor BM2/Chief/Senior Chief Carl Brashear Nominated - BET Award for Best Actor
Nominated - Black Reel Award: Best Actor
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
2001 Pearl Harbor Petty Officer Doris Miller
Rat Race Owen Templeton
Zoolander Himself
In the Shadows Draven
2002 Snow Dogs Theodore "Ted" Brooks
2003 Boat Trip Jerry Robinson Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Actor
The Fighting Temptations Darrin Hill
Radio James Robert "Radio" Kennedy Carnie Award for best Cast
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Actor
2004 Home on the Range Buck the Domestic Horse voice-over
2005 Dirty Salim Adel
Shadowboxer Mikey Nominated - Black Movie Award for Best Actor
2006 End Game Alex Thomas Direct-to-DVD
Lightfield's Home Videos
2007 Norbit Deion Hughes Nominated - Razzie Award for Worst Actor
Daddy Day Camp Charlie Hinton
What Love Is Tom
American Gangster Nicky Barnes Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends Loofah the Beipiaosaurus voice-over
2008 Hero Wanted Liam Case Direct-to-DVD
Harold Cromer
Linewatch Michael Dixon Direct-to-DVD
The Way of War David Wolfe
2009 Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story Ben Carson TV film
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Lies & Illusions Isaac Direct-to-DVD
The Devil's Tomb Mack
Wrong Turn at Tahoe Joshua
Hardwired Luke Gibson
2011 Ticking Clock Lewis Hicks
Sacrifice Detective John Hebron
The Hit List Jonas Arbor
2012 Red Tails Major Emanuelle Stance post-production

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